Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944
Age Level:Middle Grade
Piri is nine years old at the onset of World War II, and her life becomes a nightmare when the Nazis invade Hungary. Her Jewish family is placed into a ghetto to await the trains that will take them to the concentration camps. Although the Nazis have little to no regard for them as people, Piri’s mother courageously attempts to instill the values of human dignity and respect in her family. This sensitive fictionalized autobiography depicts the value of life in direct contrast to others’ total disregard for humanity. In the end, Piri survives the horrors of Auschwitz.